I don’t think it takes too much courage to ride a scooter in Bali tbh. It can be a bit scary the first time, but as with most things, you’ve just got to be careful and ease your way into it. You’ll be comfortable real quick. And most of these accidents you hear about are just drunken ozzies/tourists. Be vigilant and you’ll be fine (disclaimer: no guarantees, your mileage may vary). It indeed is liberating to be able to escape the busy Ubud city centre, it’s a night and day difference in terms of beauty and tranquility.
Apologies for disagreeing with you on most accounts @kmander , but I think a scooter is even more of a necessity in Canggu. It’s so much more spread out than Ubud, as there’s no real centre. Also, good luck trying to take the shortcut (you know the one with all the cars toppled over in the sawa) on a push bike, not gonna work IMHO
Also, some of the dogs in Bali can get quite gnarly at night, so better to be on a scooter than walking on the side of the road. But that kinda depends on your bravery when it comes to street dogs.
When I first came to Bali, I had no drivers license and I was confident that I could just do it by walking, Ubering and a push bike. I tried all three, and IMO a scooter really is the only sensible, and by far the most convenient, way to really experience the island. So that’s what I resorted to in the end any way.
An alternative would be to hire a local guy, sort of like a personal (scooter) chauffer, which is about $150/mo